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Hey! Singer Experts needed on 1964 Singer Spartan

Old 05-22-2010, 07:43 AM
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I have found this machine and may be interested in purchasing it.
The only info I have on it is it's a 1964 Singer Spartan. It has a foot pedal and "seems" to work fine. From the letters/numbers I can make out on the plate, production was begun on these in 1964 via Singer's site.

I'm just wanting any input on these machines.

What is the difference between this machine and a featherweight?
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:58 AM
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The best person to ask is "Lostn51", he is our "Singer Vintage Specialist". There are many others like Charlee and Glenn . But Lostn51 is doing a "Vintage Sewing Mashine Shop" topic with tutorials and tons on information.
He is doing a fabulous job! And the others are adding their knowledge to the post as well.
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two of the biggest differences--price & weight.Spartan is a
great little stitcher. heavy to transport. not much to go
wrong with it. should be able to buy for under $100. you
would get many years of service out of that machine.
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Thanks, Jan and Smitty.

I've been doing some looking online, and I think it may be a 192K.
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http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-27450-1.htm
I believe this is the sister.
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that one there has been put into a 185 base (the turquoise color)
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It's like a Singer 99. They are 3/4 size and a great little basic machine, mine doesn't have a light.
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As I recall, the Spartan is definitely a collectible Singer. This one looks like it is in pretty good condition.

Featherweights are prized for their light weight, making them easy to take to classes. This one would be more of a stay-at-home machine for someone who enjoys collecting and using older machines, especially for nostalgia value.

I used to collect old Singers and fix them up; really enjoyed it. However, many were in cabinets. One day my dh mentioned that they were taking up a lot of space and collecting dust, because I never used them. Realized that for "real" work I always preferred my Bernina 1230. Ended up selling them to another collector.

If I were still interested in collecting, I would collect only "portable" machines not in cabinets, and this little Spartan would be an acquisition I would definitely be interested in!
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That is a fine machine there!!! Spartan was Singers base model machine but it was built with all of the quality that you would expect from a Singer. Just look at it as an entry level machine.

I like how well it was taken care of and the finish is really lovely. It is a heavy little bugger but it is a work horse. They made a few of the 99 Singer in aluminum but the FW is still the lightest of the Singers other than the Model 24, 30 and the 20 (toy machine).

If you keep it oiled, polished and serviced (which you can do yourself) it will out last you and your kids!!!

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It sure is a cute little machine!
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